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Furniture upholstery is just one line of business at Cover Girl Marine Canvas & Upholstery of Buford,
Ga. Over the years, the company has expanded into many new fabrication areas, including specialty
zippers. Photo: Cover Girl Marine Canvas & Upholstery.

When Gus Piccolo started Becky's Custom Canvas in Royse City, Texas, he was willing
to take on all kinds of projects-including golf carts. Photo: Becky's Custom Canvas.

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automotive and everything in between-
there's no project we can't do to satisfy
the customer," he says. "We put ourselves
in the customer's shoes when it comes to
designing what they want."
An example? A local business that
produces baking machines and conveyers
for various baking companies needed
a system to prevent bread crumbs from
falling on the floor (where they would
attract rodents). It sent patterns for
"catch plans" to Piccolo, who designed
a product made from 18-ounce vinyl.
He now fabricates them for bakery
manufacturers worldwide.
While it might not be the kind of
project most fabricators would seek out,
Piccolo says it's the kind of thing that
separates him from his competitors.
"It was a big job but it was worth it,"
he says. "Give me a challenge, and
I can do it. I like challenges."
DON'T STOP
EDUCATING YOURSELF
While Tammy Hampton, owner of
Cover Girl Marine Canvas & Upholstery
in Buford, Ga., may have diversified her
successful marine fabrication business by
patenting and selling a line of specialty
zippers, she quickly realized that how
she was selling her product was just as
important as what she was selling.
The how was online.
It all started when Hampton was
working with a marine customer who said,
"'Can you make me one of those snappy
things; my enclosure is not snapping to
the windshield anymore,'" she explains.
"I looked at it and thought, 'It's not really
the snaps, it's the zippers.' I realized I was
onto something."
Thus was born Hampton's line of
EZ-Xtend Zippers. The zippers, which
don't require sewing, extend the canvas to
its original position, she says, "and secures
and fastens the boat cover in a way snap
extenders never could." The zippers also



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